Courses & Units

Sociology of Health and Illness HGA339




This unit introduces students to sociological theory and empirical research about a range of health and illness issues. These include the social distribution and patterning of health and illness, inequalities in health, expert and public knowledge about health and illness, experiences of health and illness, health care professions and the politics of health care. The unit objectives are (1) to familiarise students with key sociological theories and empirical research on health and illness (2) to introduce students to contemporary sociological debates about health and illness and (3) to develop the skills of critical sociological analysis as applied to health and illness.


Unit name Sociology of Health and Illness
Unit code HGA339
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology

Dr Susan Banks (Hbt and Off Campus)

Teaching staff

Dr Susan Banks  (Hbt and Off Campus)

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2018 23/3/2018 16/4/2018 3/6/2018

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2018: $805.00 2018: $1,969.00 090301

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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty

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Teaching Pattern

On campus:  1.5hr online lecture weekly, 1hr tutorial weekly starting in week2, (web-dependent)

Off campus/distance: 1.5 online lecture weekly, Discussion forum contributions (web-dependent)


Minor Essay, 1500 word (30%); Major Essay 3000 word (40%); Online exam (30%)

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